The first Bonkerz Comedy Club was founded in Wisconsin in 1984, when nightclub-owning brothers Joe and John Sanfelippo and best friend George Maltezos decided that it was more fun and less of a hassle to book comedians than musicians. Nearly 30
Standup comedian and Emmy-winning writer Ed Driscoll continues his career-long campaign of relentless rib-tickling in a quintet of appearances atop the stage of the new Louie Anderson Theater. Driscoll has composed material for Dennis Miller and Billy Crystal, opened for Louie Anderson, and contributed to or appeared on a litany of television programs and specials. July 19–23, Driscoll will take to the mic toting a relaxed and friendly style of standup that creates a community of chuckling by rejecting the elitist humor of Internet search engines and self-satisfied housecats.
The connection between art and sexuality goes all the way back to the Renaissance and earlier, but it's never been explored quite so earnestly as it is at the Erotic Heritage Museum. Far more than a collection of blush-inducing artifacts, the EHM is a testament to the power of eroticism as a force in shaping popular culture. The museum's collection encompasses everything from sculptures and mannequins to posters and magazine covers. The building itself was remodeled in recent months, and it now features new exhibition rooms and a forcefield designed specifically to block calls from Mom, who wants to know how you're spending your day.
Based in Las Vegas, Comedy on Deck Tours began escorting sightseers on tours of nearby natural wonders in 2003. The company stands out among other tour companies by employing big personalities as tour guides. Comedy on Deck's tours are led by standup comedians, who are trained to keep things PG and interact with everyone onboard. After catching their breath, chuckled-out tour takers have complimented the guides for seamless weaving of history, geography, and family-friendly punch lines.
From its inception in the 1980s performance-art scene in New York, the Blue Man Group’s shows have evolved from impromptu sets in Central Park to stages across the world. The eponymous blue-skinned trio, described by the Chicago Tribune as “ever-curious, ever-hopeful, ever-restless,” remains unchanged by its more than two-decade tenure, still bewildered by the telescoping tubes of PVC piping it uses as instruments and the appreciative applause of the audience. But the group's shows are nothing if not timely, deftly posing questions about technology and stardom.
The spectacle is equal parts aural and visual, with live rock bands accompanying the men as they tap out rhythms on tangled snarls of pipe and flail wobbly poles covered in neon lights. Videos provide context for the speechless drummers, as well as a constant stream of wry humor. Evenings with the Blue Man Group build to a festive conclusion, bathing the audience in brilliant bursts of light and cheery floods of color-changing balloons.
Comic-book heroes and villains will burst from finely inked pages at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con. With three days of programming, fans of comics, sci-fi, and anime can stoke their imaginations by meeting artists, gaming, or gussying up for a costume contest. Notable guests will include Kevin Eastman, creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their magical ability to disappear pizzas. Another special guest? Marvel Comics artist Steve McNiven, who helped revamp the Guardians of the Galaxy series. And those are just two of the artists and exhibitors sharing and autographing their work throughout the expo.